Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday - Jen Lancaster

So I have decided to change a few things up on my blog now that I am a few months in and really starting to get the hang of it. First I am going to change up what weekly memes I am involved in. I started doing a bunch of them because it was a way to get my feet wet and connect with other bloggers. Now I have enough content that I don't need all of them and I have discovered other ones, like Waiting On, that I want to do instead. So bear with me through some changes. And as always, if there is something you love and/or hate PLEASE let me know!
I also added a What Should I Read Next poll on my left sidebar so please vote!

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. Head over to check it out and play along.

The one book that I am looking forward to above all others is Pretty In Plaid by Jen Lancaster. The full title is Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending,Egomanical, Self-Centered Smart Ass Phase which actually makes me laugh every time I read. (Although, not so much when I have to type it.) And it is released May 5 so I don't have too much longer to wait. (And since that is just four days after my college graduation I think it would make a great gift...hey anyone reading this??)

In Pretty in Plaid, Jen Lancaster reveals how she developed the hubris that perpetually gets her into trouble. Using fashion icons of her youth to tell her hilarious and insightful stories, readers will meet the girl she used to be. Think Jen Lancaster was always “like David Sedaris with pearls and a super-cute handbag?” (Jennifer Coburn) Think again. She was a badge-hungry Junior Girl Scout with a knack for extortion, an aspiring sorority girl who didn’t know her Coach from her Louis Vuitton, and a budding executive who found herself bewildered by her first encounter with a fax machine. In this humorous and touching memoir, Jen Lancaster looks back on her life—and wardrobe—before bitter was the new black and shows us a young woman not so very different than the rest of us. The author who showed us what it was like to wait in line at the unemployment office with a Prada bag, how living in the city can actually suck, and that losing weight can be fun with a trainer named Barbie and enough Ambien is ready to take you on a hilarious and heartwarming trip down memory lane in her shoes (and very pretty ones at that).

I am a HUGE Jen Lancaster fan and her first three books are among my favorite books of all time. This woman can make me laugh, like full belly laughs in public so that people look at me funny. You don't have to read the books in order or anything, they all stand on their own and they are all hysterical. I have made no secret of my love for snarky woman and Lancaster is the Queen of Snarkdom. I am really excited as this is the first of her books to really look at her past and I can't wait to see what Lancaster was like in high school.

And if you haven't read the first three, get on that, like yesterday!
Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They Live Next Door To Me?

Such A Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer

Her blog is also completely hysterical, and a nice hold over until Pretty In Plaid comes out.

What are you waiting on?

Also if you made it to the bottom of this marathon post then I A) adore you and B) and requesting your help. Vote for my awesome St. Patty's Day picture at Linda Gerber's blog.
Details here and voting here.


ANovelMenagerie said...

I've only read Such A Pretty Fat (and reviewed it). I'm excited about this book.

I really enjoy your blog.

Beth F said...

Good job on the re-assessment. I do the same every once in a while. Better to pick the memes and events that you really like than to just join everything.

Alea said...

I've read her first one, have her second, and like the fourth one's cover the best!

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I've never read any of her books, but they all look very funny.

the epic rat said...

OMG, I love those socks! What a great cover and title! :)

Yay for polls - but I think you should read all of them next. They all sound good :P

Sadako said...

Love books on body image, and I read Such a Pretty Fat a while back. Can't wait for Pretty in Plaid.

cupcakewitch said...

Her books totally rock! I can't wait for this one either!

Jessica Kennedy said...

I voted on your "next book" poll.

Make the poll the top post or increase the size of your sidebars. I wanted to see what everyone else voted for but it's too big to see on one view.

Mishel said...

That title is really funny! And the cover is cute (=

purplg8r said...

I can't wait for this book to come out either!

Genevieve said...

I haven't read any of her books but they look totally cute!

Tiqa Khairi said...

Ive never heard of her until now but girl, thats some cute title.

Also, would u be interested in a link exchange? :)

Jenners said...

I think you are doing a great job on your blog. I love tinkering around with mine all the time -- I am a bit of a widget freak! I wish I had more time to play with it.

I like the poll idea -- I love doing them and feeling that somehow I might influence another blogger's reading choices! I hadn't heard of any so I picked the one with the most interesting title to me -- the one with the teeth.

And I've heard a lot of good things about Jen Lancaster and your post just pushed it over the top for me so I think I'll need to start at the beginning and work my way through. She does seem to be the queen of long subtitles -- although funny subtitles!

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